The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal. Special attention is given to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, as they are the most freely moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.
The purpose of the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique is not to diagnose or treat diseases or conditions, but to analyze and correct vertebral subluxations in an accurate, precise and specific manner to allow the body’s intelligence (see chiropractic philosophy), to mend, repair and maintain health from within.
The nervous system controls and regulates all parts and functions in the body. When there is nerve interference, also known as a subluxation, your body loses the ability to properly self-regulate and heal itself. The result of the subluxation can be pain and illness.
Blair Upper Cervical care is a highly specialized system of locating and correcting this nerve interference in the spine, also known as a subluxation, where we can specifically correct one area of the spine to allow the rest of the spine to become healthy and stable again, significantly reducing the amount of adjusting and intervention.
The Blair Chiropractic society is committed to the promotion, advancement and quality control of the Blair Chiropractic technique amongst it practitioners, instructors, students and community.
Dr. Christine Gulbranson, a scientist, holder of 5 advanced degrees, and a patient of Dr. Thomas Forest, describes her cognitive impairment as a result of a car accident and how Blair Upper Cervical care helped restore her capabilities. Listen to her story.
Dr. Charmaine A. Herman, a 2009 Sherman College of Chiropractic alumna, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Chiropractic Division of Clinical Sciences at Life University in Marietta, GA. In 2013 she and her husband opened Agape Upper Cervical Health Center, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA where she practices part-time. Dr. Herman has been teaching history and science at colleges for 14 years. She began teaching at Life Univeristy in 2009 in the General Sciences and Natural Sciences Departments of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies as an adjunct. After obtaining her Blair Faculty Instructor certification in 2013, Dr. Herman was promoted to full-time faculty and began teaching various clinical labs in the College of Chiropractic. She made it her mission to develop a Blair UC technique elective at Life. This dream came to fruition in January 2016 when the Blair Condylar Misalignment and Analysis (ANLS 5802) elective was offered and 11 students enrolled. Currently she has taught this elective for three quarters, along with other primary and intermediate Blair seminars. She is also the advisor for the new Blair UC technique club that started at Life Univeristy summer 2016.
In 2015 and 2016 Dr. Herman was a recipient of the Life University Faculty Research Award for presenting the Blair UC work at both the American Chiropractic Association Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) and the International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) each year. She also published Blair UC case reports in scholarly chiropractic research journals in 2015 and 2016. This work in research opened the door for Dr. Herman to teach a continuing education course about the Blair UC technique at Sherman College of Chiropractic Lyceum in April 2016 and to win an additional research presentation award at Life University Fall CE in 2015.
Dr. Herman is a member, the Georgia Chiropractic Association (GCA), International Chiropractic Association (ICA), and the Christian Chiropractic Association (CCA). In her personal life, she holds ministry leadership positions as First Lady, Prophetess, and Praise & Worship leader at AbundantLife International (ALife) - Atlanta in Alpharetta where her husband of ten amazing years, Stephen E. Herman, is the Pastor. Dr. Herman gives all glory and appreciation for her achievements to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ coupled with the wonderful support of her husband and family.
Teaching and research of the Blair Technique has been continued since Dr. Blair’s passing by the William G. Blair Chiropractic Society, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) qualified Texas non-profit corporation which credentials instructors, sponsors research, and holds annual educational conferences. The Blair curriculum is currently divided into four courses of two days each. Research projects to date have focused primarily on inter-observer reliability studies of measurements and perceptual judgments made on Blair Cervical Series spinographs.